Many patients face a wide range of cosmetic dental problems and porcelain veneers are a great solution to fixing several of them. Whether that’s making your teeth look whiter, straighter, more even and/or more attractive, veneers fit the bill perfectly.

Dental veneers allow patients to renovate their smile, while still keeping their healthy teeth. Veneers were first invented in the late 1920s, and they were used on movie sets to give actors perfect smiles for the duration of filming. However, they were temporary, and were never considered a viable option for permanent treatment. However, thanks to advanced technology, today thousands of cosmetic dentists offer porcelain veneers to patients who want to transform their smile.

The team at Anacapa Dental Art Institute offers advanced cosmetic dentistry in the Oxnard, Ventura County area, with an emphasis on customized care and total wellness. By tailoring every treatment to the needs of patients, we can help people smile with renewed confidence.

Practically anyone who wants to improve their smile is a good porcelain veneers candidate. A majority of people are in prime condition to enjoy all the benefits of dental veneers, and Dr. Saj Jivraj can tell you all you need to know about porcelain veneers and whether they’re right for you in a free consultation.

Sometimes the best option for a patient’s dental problems is a porcelain veneer. We’d like to consider porcelain veneers in more detail and see who ideal candidates may be. As you’re about to find out, the candidate pool is rather larger.

Understanding Dental Veneers

Made of thin shells of porcelain, veneers are custom fabricated to match your teeth. Your Oxnard Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jivraj will carefully adhere them to the surface of your teeth, where they will mask chips, cracks, and severe stains. Veneers can also change the shape of your teeth, and your dentist might use them to elongate worn down teeth, close gaps between teeth, or even change the appearance of crooked teeth. To place traditional veneers, your Oxnard Cosmetic Dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. However, if you choose no-prep veneers, your dentist will only need to remove a minimal amount of enamel, if any.

Porcelain veneers look absolutely natural whether you are up close or at a distance. Similarly, the semi-translucent nature of porcelain veneers make them look exceptional whether you are in natural or artificial light.

Porcelain Veneers Candidates in Oxnard near Camarillo

If you aren’t satisfied with your smile but aren’t sure about your dental issues, you might be a prime candidate for porcelain veneers. Your smile can be made brighter and more symmetrical, giving you a stunningly beautiful smile that will stand out.

Porcelain veneers also offer long-term results, typically lasting 10-20 years. Veneers can wear and age or become weaker over time. Most patients replace their porcelain veneers for this reason.

Porcelain veneers are suitable for a large percentage of dental patients. You might be a good candidate for veneers if:

#1 Multiple Dental Issues

We’ve already said that veneers can fix a multitude of issues, and while ingrained staining can be problematic using conventional teeth whitening methods, veneers can make them appear instantly whiter; in addition, crooked teeth can be made to look straighter.

Gappy teeth, chipped teeth, misshapen teeth and unevenly sized teeth can also be restored easily and effectively using porcelain veneers. So for those with multiple dental issues, veneers may well be considered as the preferred ‘quick fix’ option of choice.

#2 Chips and Cracks

Minor chips and cracks can have a negative impact on the appearance of your teeth. Thanks to porcelain veneers, these chips and cracks can be hidden from view. No one will be the wiser since the results are so natural. So long as the crack does not affect the overall stability of the tooth, a veneer is a great option. For more serious damage to a tooth, a dental crown may be more ideal depending on your needs.

#3 Healthy Teeth

Porcelain veneers need to be attached to healthy teeth – period! It isn’t advisable to place veneers on teeth that are showing signs of serious decay, or in mouths that are showing signs of gum disease. In these cases your dentist will advise that you need to fix these problems first before fitting veneers.

#4 Tooth Discoloration and Stains

In many cases, stains and tooth discoloration can be easily addressed thanks to teeth whitening treatments. Yet some stains are far too serious for even multiple bleaching sessions. When stains are severe or intrinsic in nature, a porcelain veneer is a great option to hide the stain from view. Proper assessment of the stain will be part of the consultation process.

#5 Absence of Bruxism

Bruxism or teeth grinding/clenching is a common problem which many people knowingly or unknowingly suffer with. The problem is that although veneers are pretty durable, they aren’t as strong as our natural teeth. As a result the types of force exerted when a person grinds or clenches their teeth can easily damage a veneer. In many cases, bruxism can be dealt with by using a combination of night guards and relaxation techniques. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend treatment first.

#6 Gaps, Spacing, and Size Issues

Some people have nicknamed porcelain veneers “instant orthodontics” because of their ability to enhance the shape, size, and symmetry of a tooth. In fact, porcelain veneers have been used by dentists to address misaligned teeth, spacing problems, uneven sizes between teeth, and so on. Getting a few veneers placed can seem like a full orthodontic procedure has been performed.

#7 Healthy Tooth Enamel

To fit veneers, they need to adhere to the enamel on the surface of the tooth. If the patient has lost a significant amount of tooth structure or the outer enamel has worn away, then the veneers have nothing to bond to. In this instance veneers probably aren’t the best option.

#8 Good Tooth Alignment

While veneers can fix teeth that are unevenly spaced or slightly crooked, they are not beneficial for those with severely misaligned teeth.

#9 Versatility for Total Smile Makeovers

Since porcelain veneers are so versatile and can treat many different kinds of dental problems, it’s not uncommon for porcelain veneers to be used extensively in smile makeover procedures. Thanks to porcelain veneers, you can have a smile that looks absolutely healthy and beautiful.

Schedule a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation Today!

When it comes to efficiency of your time and proficiency of cosmetic dentistry techniques, Anacapa Dental Art Institute is the right choice for your teeth. Contact us to schedule your private consultation today and find out why we consider our dentists as the best cosmetic dentists in the area.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-800-8289. Our office welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.